Jesus had been going from town to town, crowds in every place, people needing his touch for healing, in Luke 8:42 “the crowds were pressing against him”. Yet, he took time to deal with each situation individually even if it seemed that he arrived too late. But Jesus also saw the great need around him and was training his disciples, sending them out with power and authority to spread the gospel of the kingdom. As they returned, they were quickly faced with a crowd of five thousand men in Luke 9:12 “in a desolate place” and Jesus says in Luke 9:13 “you give them something to eat”. His disciple had seen power and authority in action, now they were learning provision.
Who Touched Me?
Do Not Be Afraid! Only Believe
Jairus had come to Jesus in Luke 8:40 “And he fell down at the feet of Jesus and began imploring him to come to his house, 42 because (his) … daughter … was dying”. Jesus responded, but “the crowds were pressing against him”. And then in Luke 8:46 “Jesus said, “Someone touched me””. Jesus was moving in the right direction, but the circumstances intervened, he couldn’t move fast enough and then Jairus got the message in Luke 8:49 “Your daughter is dead”. It was too late. But Jesus was there ans spoke in Luke 8:50 “Do not be afraid! Only believe, and she will be healed.” It wasn’t too late for Jesus. In fact, there are many times when God intervened after it was too late and brought victory for his people. Jesus took the few that could believe in Luke 8:51 “Peter and John and James and the father and mother” and dismissed all those that were in Luke 8:52-53 “weeping and mourning … (and) laughing at him (Jesus)” and called the child back.
He Gave Them Power and Authority
The disciples have seen Jesus teaching and healing and freeing people from demon possession through Luke 9:39 and as Jesus returns in Luke 8:40 “the crowd welcomed him”. And in Luke 8:42 “the crowds were pressing against him”. Jesus takes time to minister to the woman in Luke 8:48 and to the child, the daughter of Jairus in Luke 8:54 and then he takes a new approach in
Luke 9:1-2 “summoning the twelve, he gave them power and authority over all the demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”
Jesus faces the physical limitations of being human. No one man can do everything. Jesus begins duplicating himself. But they are not sent with missionary board support as we have sent many. They were sent with “power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases”. If the people they went to did not take them in and provide for them, they were to walk on until they found someone that would welcome them.
There was though, one more thing Jesus gave them. He gave them a place to come back to. in Luke 9:10 “when they returned, the apostles described to him all that they had done. And he took them along”.
With their recent experience going out two by two, Jesus begins their next lesson in Luke 9:13 “you give them something to eat”.
But lets backup, when he had sent them out, he had said in Luke 9:3 “Take along nothing for the journey—neither a staff, nor a traveler’s bag, nor bread, nor money, nor to have two tunics apiece”. Jesus was expecting the house they entered to provide as is recorded in Matthew 10:13 “And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it” or we could say, let that house be blessed.
Jesus had wanted them to learn to bless and break and multiple because the Lord doesn’t take from us, he brings blessing to us. Jesus had wanted them to learn that wherever they were, they had the power and authority to be the blessing and “give them to eat”. They had not been sent into homes to get what they needed. They had been sent to deliver what those homes needed, healing and freedom, the blessing.
He Was Greatly Perplexed
We Are Here in a Desolate Place
Who Do You Say That I Am
John the baptist had sent his disciples to inquire who Jesus was in Luke 7:18-23. Then Herod beheaded John in Mark 6:21-29. When John’s disciples came to report what had happened, Jesus responded in
Mark 6:31 “And he said to them, “You yourselves come privately to an isolated place and rest for a short time.””
Jesus was wanting time to grieve the death of John with them, but the crowds followed and in Luke 9:10-17 they fed the five thousand and finally they were able to get the quiet time away they had been wanting.
Now, Jesus asks in Luke 9:18 “Who do the crowds say that I am?” and his disciples say, the people think Jesus is a prophet risen from the dead in Luke 9:19 “John the Baptist … Elijah … one of the ancient prophets has risen”. John had just been beheaded so this doesn’t make much sense because Jesus had already been on the scene with John. Based on their scripture, the Old Testament, “The appearance of Elijah would mean that the end time had come. According to 2 Kgs 2:11, Elijah was still alive. In Mal 4:5 it is said that Elijah would be the precursor of Messiah.”1 And since, “Miracles were prominent in Elijah’s ministry, given as a sign to confirm him as God’s spokesman and to turn Israel’s kings back to God.”2 when people saw the miracles performed by Jesus, they might easily make the connection to Elijah. And, “The story of Elijah also is reflected in Luke 9:54, when two of Jesus’ disciples ask about calling down fire from heaven (compare 2 Kgs 1:10, 12).”3
But Peter has the revelation when Jesus asks him in Luke 9:20 “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”
Take Up His Cross Every Day
- Luke 8:49-56 Do Not Be Afraid! Only Believe
- Luke 9:1-6 He Gave Them Power and Authority
- Luke 9:18-22 Who Do You Say That I Am
- Luke 8:40-56
- Luke 9:1-27
- 1. Biblical Studies Press. (2006). The NET Bible First Edition Notes (Lk 9:19). Biblical Studies Press.
- 2. Elwell, W. A., & Beitzel, B. J. (1988). Elijah. In Baker encyclopedia of the Bible (Vol. 1, p. 692). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.
- 3. Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Lk 9:19). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.